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08/03/2017

Chelsea FC’s new ground approved

Words: Laura Edgar
Stamford Bridge

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has approved Chelsea Football Club’s plans for a £500 million stadium on the site of its existing ground, Stamford Bridge.

The plans suggest that match-day capacity will increase from 41,600 to 60,000 and an elevated walkway over the nearby District Line, linking the stadium to Fulham Broadway station, will be constructed.

Khan has expressed his satisfaction that the new stadium be will of “high-quality and spectacular design”.

Last year, Khan handed the powers to progress AFC Wimbledon’s proposal for a new stadium back to Merton Council. Communities secretary Sajid Javid decided not call in the application.

Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council’s planning committee approved Chelsea’s proposals in January.

The club’s application also includes a £12 million investment in community activities, such as employment and skills training, as well as a contribution of £3.75 million towards affordable housing in the borough.

Khan said: “Having taken a balanced view of the application, I’m satisfied this is a high-quality and spectacular design which will significantly increase capacity within the existing site, as well as ensuring fans can have easy access from nearby transport connections.

“I’m confident this new stadium will be a jewel in London’s sporting crown and will attract visitors and football fans from around the world.”

The new stadium has been designed by architects Herzog and de Meuron.

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